Understanding the Power of Your Words- Proverbs 18:21

Do you have any idea how powerful words are?

Words are so powerful that Psalm 33:6 states that, “the Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created.” If we are created in God’s image then is it possible that God has also given us this same power to create change with our words?

Scripture also says that we have also been given the power to speak to our situations and circumstances. …”you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ (Matt. 17:20) and it would move.” How different would your life be if you began to speak powerfully to your situation in a proactive way that would cause them to change?

Proverbs 18:21 also teaches us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. This scripture holds true whether we’re speaking of spiritual, physical, or emotional “life and death.”

Now take a moment and examine how you speak. When it comes to your health and your weight do you speak negatively or positively?

If you’re constantly saying words like ‘its hard,’ ‘I know but’, ‘I want to’, I should’,‘ I need to do’ or ‘I don’t know’ then you will never reach your weight loss (or any other) goals.

These words all speak of something in the future that probably will never happen and they only keep you frustrated and procrastinating.

Your words precede action and these words indicate inaction and failure.

Your words give the world a preview of what your true intentions or beliefs are about your ability to succeed.

Your words are so engrained that we’re often not even conscious of what we’re saying. Our words come out of our mouths on automatic pilot and are subconsciously sabotaging our health and our lives.

If your goal is to lose weight, here are 10 phrases to eliminate from your vocabulary:

  1.  “Its hard” People often say exercise is hard, making time for your health is hard. The truth: It’s not hard, its just new for you but as you continue to tell yourself its hard then your mind will come into agreement with your words and it will continue to get harder and harder for you.
  2.  “I know” People often say I know but the essence of truly knowing something is to do it. Until you do it, you don’t really know.
  3.  “But” Every-time we say ‘ but’ we cancel out everything before the but. For example, If  I tell someone to exercise for just 10 minutes a day and they say, “I would love to exercise but you don’t know how how hectic my schedule is” this means, I really do not want to exercise.
  4.  “ I should” , “I want to”, “I must”, “I have to” “I wish”. These are all future tense words that keep you procrastinating and making excuses. They only keep you stuck in the cycle of feeling badly about not doing what you want to do but are not doing.
  5.  “I’ll try”.This is another non-committal word. Instead, use proactive, definite words that your mind will get excited about- use words like, I commit to and I choose.
  6.  “I’ll start tomorrow or Monday” The best time to start is now. Deferring your goal intensifies the perceived pain. Notice I said perceived because the pain is really in your mind.
  7.  “I don’t know” This phrase is equally as bad as “I know” Its prevents you from thinking or taking action. If I ask someone when do they plan on exercising and they respond , I don’t know, it’s a clear indication that they not ready to take decisive action towards reaching their goals.
  8.  “I can’t” People often will say I can’t even before they’ve tried. A more appropriate response is, I will do my best.
  9.  “I hate” Clients say to me, I hate aerobic exercise or I hate working my abs. The word hate has strong emotion tied to it and like other words, when you say it enough it will become part of your subconscious mind which is beyond powerful. Instead focus on the benefit of the activity you dislike.
  10.  “I don’t have the time”. This phrase is never the real issue. People who say they don’t have the time have not made their health a priority yet. You give your time to what you deem as important. When you are truly ready to healthier, you will make time.

Remember this:

Your words precede action so choose words that indicate success and achievement not failure.

Your words give the world a preview of what your true intentions or beliefs are about your ability to succeed.

Instead of speaking negatively about your body or you health, make verbal declarations about your health. I often share my personal declarations with my clients. Here are mine. I encourage you to create your own:

  • I am in excellent health
  • I am in action every day to promote my health and the health of others
  • I create my health through my daily positive habits
  • I believe my health is important and I strive to be in the best health
  • I attract healthy people, healthy attitudes, healthy food, healthy activities and healthy habits into my life
  • My ability to be in better health increases day by day
  • I make time in my schedule everyday for physical activity;
  • I receive God’s gift of excellent health. It allows me to serve in His Kingdom, to help more people, to enjoy a better quality of life and to be free to worship.
  • I weigh what God wants me to weigh and I eat according to what God wants me to eat
  • I get plenty of rest each night
  • I have boundless energy

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Speak life! Excellent post, Cathy.